DON KING III INTERVIEW ON BEARKAT SPORTS NETWORK

For the first time since the 2010 season, Sam Houston preseason football camp features a battle for the starting quarterback position.

Two sophomores and a redshirt freshman are getting most of the reps in practice with the goal of finding a starter for the Bearkats’ August 23 season opener at Eastern Washington.

Don King III, a 6-2 210-pound product from Waxahachie, comes into camp as the number one quarterback. But fellow sophomore Jared Johnson, a 6-1, 215-pounder from South Grand Prairie, missed spring ball due to injury.

John Roderique, who red-shirted in 2013 as a true freshman from Webb City, Missouri, also is in the mix.

“There’s no time table on when we’ll make a decision on our starting quarterback,” SHSU head coach K. C. Keeler said. “We’ve got some kids who are going to compete.”

Both King and Johnson red-shirted in 2012 and saw action mostly in reserved roles behind All-Southland QB Brian Bell last season.

King played in seven games, producing 126 yards total offense. He rushed for touchdowns in the HBU and Nicholls victories. Johnson played in 10 games, starting at Central Arkansas and in the NCAA preliminary round against Southern Utah. He totaled 214 yards total offense.

Roderique was the 2011 Missouri Class 4A offensive player of the year. Playing for his father coach John Roderique, he led Webb City to a 45-0 record from sophomore to senior years including three consecutive state championships.

King says that all three are looking forward to the competition.

“We all know it’s going to be a battle every day,” King said. “The other guys know we all have to come out here and compete every day. They’re going to do their best to make me better and I’m going to do my best to make them better.”

Sam Houston preseason camp continues through August 18. The Bearkats’ season opener at EWU will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Season tickets for SHSU’s five home football games at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium plus the “Battle of the Piney Woods” with SFA at NRG Stadium Nov. 1 are on sale now online at www.gobearkats.com and at the SHSU ticket office.

A special "Season Ticket Holder Pick-Up Party" will be held at Bowers on Saturday August 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Bearkat fans who already have ordered their season seats are invited to the event which will feature a complimentary breakfast in the Bearkat Lounge while watching the football team scrimmage.

Attendees may pick up their season tickets and their "Orange Out" t-shirt as well.

Sam Houston's football success during the past three seasons has made tickets at Bowers Stadium a hot item. The Bearkats are one of only three FCS programs to earn NCAA post-season playoff berths each of the past three years.

Reserved chair back season tickets are $250. The price includes midfield sideline tickets to the “Battle of the Piney Woods” at Reliant Stadium, one complimentary parking pass at Bowers Stadium, a $100 tax deductible donation to the Bearkat Champions Fund that helps support scholarships for student-athletes and a 2014 premium gift item.

Bleacher reserved season tickets are $100. The price includes lower corner tickets to the “Battle of the Piney Woods” and a 2014 premium gift item.

All season ticket holders earn priority points and access to exclusive events and priority towards purchasing tickets to premium away games, NCAA playoff contests and National Championship events.

Season tickets are on sale at the athletic ticket office located in the Ron Mafrige Field House and online at www.gobearkats.com . Ticket office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The ticket office telephone is (936) 294-1729.

Fans who purchase season tickets during the first week of preseason camp (July 28 – Aug 1) will be eligible for special prizes including 2 Bearkat polos (Wednesday), 2 Piney Woods sidelines passes (Thursday) and K. C. Keeler autographed football (Friday).